When you think of natural lotions no doubt you think of creams or moisturizers that you apply to the skin. There’s a whole lot more to natural lotions than you suspected. What keeps your skin, body and brain healthy are the foods you eat. The best foods for your body and skin are brightly colored fruits and veggies. It’s all about the color. What the color tells you is that the fruit or veggie is full of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect you from free-radical damage. Free radical damage is when an atom or molecule has an unpaired electron in its valance shell (outer shell). This makes the atom or molecule very reactive causing it to do damage to other molecules and cell tissues. An accumulation of free-radicals is believed to be responsible for the aging process. To keep your skin, body and brain healthy and young looking, you need to take in antioxidants. Also, fruits and veggies are a way to keep your weight in check. So, lets take a look at some healthy veggies and fruits that will keep you young and healthy. Consider the color red.
Glorious Red Wines
All wines contain antioxidants, however red wine is particularly potent. Red wines contain proanthocyanidins which are polyphenols. These polyphenols are much more powerful than the antioxidant vitamin C. Scientists wondered why the French had a low rate of cardiovascular disease since they consume fatty meats, butter and rich sauces. Turns out that the wine they had with dinner was doing all the work. A glass of red wine at lunch or dinner just might safe your life, however just don’t overdo it. Oh, the polyphenols are found in the seed and skin of the grape. Try some on your skin when you have a sun burn.
Strawberries have several antioxidants to keep you young and one of them is lycopene. Lycopenes are certainly good for prostate health but also protect the heart and immune system. Lycopenes are also found in tomatoes. Strawberries also contain anthocyanins which are important for a wide range of tissues in the body. So when strawberry season comes around, help yourself to this healthy red fruit.
Again, another red fruit that is loaded with antioxidants. Cranberries are loaded with anthocyanins as well. In fact, they have more anthocyanins than any other fruit or veggie. Actually, anthocyanins are a group of molecules and there are many different anthocyanins (molecular structures) in this group. So, you need to eat a variety of fruits and veggies to get your full complement. However, cranberries how even more to offer in terms of minerals such as calcium and iron. The cranberry also offers vitamins C and E.
Diet and Weight Loss
Eating the right foods such as high antioxidant veggies and fruits can help keep you healthy and young. But as you know, you can’t always eat right. When our diets fall by the way side, we tend to pick up weight and become sluggish. When your weight is really out of control and for long periods of time, you may need to get help. There are a number of avenues to go here. First off you can talk with your doctor and get a weight loss prescription or you can choose to go with over-the-counter weight loss solutions. Which ever way you go, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight. Obesity brings about cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol and diabetes type-2. So, keep an eye on your weight and keep consuming cranberries.